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Discuss: Blues take commanding 3-1 series lead

Apr 20, 2012, 1:03 AM EST

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Is it right to interpret Thursday as a passing of the torch? That might be a bit unfair, but the San Jose Sharks are still in a tough spot against the young St. Louis Blues after losing to them 2-1 on their home ice. The Blues now have a 3-1 series lead, bringing up inevitable questions about the future for the Sharks’ veteran core of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle (fair or not).

  • Speaking of Marleau, some Sharks fans might fit him with goat horns for taking a late penalty. That ended up abbreviating San Jose’s man advantage when it was 1-0; the Blues eventually took advantage of a fortuitous bounce to notch a 2-0 dagger (and eventual game-winner).
  • Considering Phoenix’s struggles to hold onto a lead, are the Blues the toughest team to come back against in the 2012 playoffs?
  • Is the St. Louis starting job Brian Elliott‘s lose after he’s been in net for three Blues wins (although Jaroslav Halak received technical credit for the first one)?
  • The Blues power play has scored six goals on 16 chances in four games. Are they a legitimate Stanley Cup contender if that man advantage remains reasonably productive?
  • Could the Sharks actually gut out three straight wins against the Blues, who haven’t won a playoff series in their current setup? Or is it already time to think about the fallout from a disappointing season for San Jose?
  1. hky15 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    No, they have TWO G who can win games for them, I like Halak but Eliott is bad ass as well!

  2. gottagotowork99 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Fat lady already singing. Sharks are old. Season over. Definitely the hardest team to come back against in the playoffs so far. Note/Ranger final?

    • johnguelff - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

      rags wont make it.. st louis /nash winner will go on to win the cup..-red wings fan..dunno whos coming out the west..but it not the rangers….they can barely handle the sens lol

      • johnguelff - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

        out of the east * sorry….

      • gaborik104life - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        First off yeah I’m a rangers fan. Secondly you have no idea what you are talking about in saying that the Rangers can barely handle the sens. If you want to understand the series better read Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journals article. A couple of notes one is that the series was never supposed to be a sweep everyone said between 5-6 which is still on pace. They keep exchanging victories but guess who has the majority of games in the 7 game series. Rangers have consistently bounced back from losses all year. As Sielski says in each game of the series the Rangers have taken the lead and in all four Ottawa pushed back in each game and they were able to take two of the games. Also the Rangers have not trailed at any point during regulation in the series. Secondly with the other teams in the playoffs we have had decent enough numbers to handle any of them so as for barely handling the sens I wouldn’t read too much into it. There is a reason they are the #1 seed. Any argument stating that playoffs are a different beast and seeds don’t matter disproves your comment so a comment on that wouldn’t make any sense.

  3. hines86for6 - Apr 20, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    With the 3-1 series across the board in the west, as a predators fan, i like our chances against the coyotes and blues/kings.

    Our D gets even better when Hal Gill comes back.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    hine86for6: Predators’ defense with or without Gill is average at best without Rinne. It’s a bit early to be sorting out who the Predators will beat in the next round before they’ve dispatched a vastly superior Red Wings contingent. Better still, tell us how a team being badly outshot and out played game in and game out is looking toward a Cup appearance? Pray your team keeps getting flukey bounces and breaks while benefitting from refereeing strangely blind to the incessant holding and interference game all Trotz’s teams feature…? I don’t know what there adding to the likker up there in the old hills of Tennessee but I gotta get us some…

  5. blomfeld - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    where’s that idiot sjsharksfan11 now ??? …

  6. dropthepuckeh - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    I’m pretty sure every sports writer/ radio host must use the word “commanding” anytime a team goes up 3-1. Weird.

  7. eggserino - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    It’s really quite amazing to see/ hear McLellan whining/ complaining about tough play, then watch his team lose two straight on home ice. Adding Michel Hanzus to the lineup only made them slower. Looks like Dominic Moore is going to have plenty of time to heal up that broken nose… Now, if only he could get the hook out of his golf shot like the doctors did his nose…

    All of this prognostication about the Blues or the Preds being in the finals is hogwash. The Kings are one of the toughest teams to play against right now. They put it all together at the right time. Dave Tippett is a great coach… You just never know.

    As well, about a month ago I predicted that RADulov would not be a factor because his conditioning and the commitment level in the KHL. 4 games played, 3A, 4PIMs, and 6 shots on goal. Not a difference maker.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      i dont see how you could call it hogwash to pick nash or stl. the best goalies in the league play for both teams depending on who you prefer but you cant argue with the goaltending numbers. nashville is stifling on d to the point that it makes you take chances you normally dont resort to. it exposes you to odd man rushes and it produces enough offense to get the job done without nashville needing a genuine superstar on offense. stl has been the most balanced team in the league all year long and are built for the playoffs. i would be shocked if neither won the cup this year.

      • eggserino - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM

        Quick is the best goalie in the game right now. Have you watched LA play over the last month? These guys are for real. Rinne has looked mortal over the last month and the Preds offense hasn’t looked all that special. They also haven’t been playing all that good team defense. The Blues have struggled mightily the last month. It’s good to see them keep SJ on the ropes but did anyone think that this Sharks team was going anywhere?

        I’m a Blues fan. I don’t want anyone picking my team to go to the finals.

        As for being shocked if neither wins the Cup this year? Come on, now. We all know what a hot goalie can do to the best of teams.

  8. sharksman - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Sharks just havent been up to the task at hand. It has been that way all year. The sharks have not played bad just not good enough. Niemi has been good but how different would this series be if the Sharks could have scored a power play goal in the last 3 games ??? Hats off to the Blues. Dont expect any player moves next year because all the core guys have “no trade clauses” I expeect to see some coaching changes (not frodo) but new assistant coaches and Wilson is sure to be looking over his shoulder after the last few “trades” (giveaways) I bleed teal ! Go Sharks !

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